Thursday’s Art Notes

BY jbreslow  April 22, 2010 at 11:14 AM EDT

Photo by Henning Kaiser/AFP/Getty Images

A gallery employee looks through a sculpture by Heinz Mack at the 44th Art Cologne in Germany. (Photo by Henning Kaiser/AFP/Getty Images.)

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An episode of “South Park” that continued a story line involving the Prophet Muhammad was shown Wednesday night on Comedy Central with audio bleeps and blocks reading “CENSORED,” via the New York Times’ ArtBeat.

The decision to censor the episode was made by the network after a radical Muslim group in New York warned the show’s creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, that they could face violent retribution for depicting the prophet Muhammad in a bear suit during last week’s episode.

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U.S. Air Force Yokota Air Base in Japan decided last week to cancel a screening of the documentary, “The Cove,” at an on-base theater to be “sensitive to local political and cultural concerns.”

The film documents the killing of dolphins by fishermen in the town of Taiji. The film’s director, Louie Psihoyos, said Thursday he will give away 100 DVDs of the movie to people at the base so they can see it. (Art Beat talked to Psihoyos after the film won Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Academy Awards.)

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Berlin’s Free University went live Wednesday with an Internet database documenting the fate of more than 21,000 artworks condemned as “degenerate” by the Nazis and seized from German museums in 1937, via Bloomberg. An English version of the website will be up in the coming weeks.

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Christie’s celebrates Earth Day Thursday evening by hosting a carbon-neutral charity auction with all proceeds going to green causes, via MediaBistro. Contributing artists include Damien Hirsh, Olafur Eliasson and Jenny Holzer. Bidders were also given the chance to spend green going green on a green, by battling for a golf trip with former President Bill Clinton, one of the many “experiences” up for sale, via USA Today.

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Fans of punk music and Malcolm McLaren were encouraged to observe a “minute of mayhem’ for the former Sex Pistols manager who passed away April 8 and will be buried today in London, via Reuters.